Julian Harston

Julian Harston, who previously served as the representative of the Secretary-General in Belgrade, Serbia, is one of the world’s leading practitioners of peacekeeping.

Julian recently retired as an Assistant Secretary General in the United Nations and previously spent 25 years with the United Kingdom Diplomatic Service. Prior to his last posting in Belgrade, Julian was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General heading the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Julian has lectured all over the world to military and civilian audiences and has published several papers on peacekeeping and international diplomacy.

Julian is now an independent consultant on international peace and security matters (to learn more, please click here) and lectures on a regular basis to undergraduate and graduate classes at the Belgrade Diplomatic and Security Academy.

Selected publications:

  • Risk Analysis and Intelligence Assessment in Peacekeeping: A Necessity. Norwegian Defence and Staff College 2009 and 2010.
  • Peacekeeping in 2010. United Kingdom Defence Academy, Swedish Defence High School, Norwegian Defence Academy.
  • Kosovo and Metohija: Living in the Enclaves. (Contributor) Institut des Etudes Balkaniques. Belgrade 2008.
  • Peacekeeping in 2007, 2008, and 2009. United Kingdom Defence Academy, Swedish Defence High School, Norwegian Defence Academy.
  • Adapting the UN to the post-modern era – the case of Haiti. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • The United Nations as Government: Eastern Slavonia, Kosovo and East Timor. Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore and UNITAR, 2005.
  • What Makes a Peacekeeping Success Story? RUSI Australia, Global Security in the New Millennium, October 2003.
  • The Experience of East Timor, Japan Institute of International Affairs, July 2002.
  • Responding to Crises. Are Present Policies & Practices the Answer? Canadian Institute for Research and Public Policy, Ottawa, 2001
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